Teams / Equipos

A map of Puerto Rico on which the towns with teams in the Liga Betances are colored in red, with the teams' logos superimposed on the town.

Often called la bermeja, from the crimson of its victory pennant, the Liga Betances is named after Ramón Emeterio Betances, a native of Cabo Rojo, without whose tireless advocacy on behalf of Puerto Ricans the Liga Nacional would never have come to exist.

It is the older of the two leagues—by mere seconds, as its deputy commissioner reached the stage and received his papers first. This has not stopped betanceños from proudly calling their league la distinguida, an epithet they far prefer to hostosianos tagging their circuit as la vieja.

Apodada a menudo la bermeja por el carmesí de su banderín triunfal, la Liga Betances deriva su nombre del caborrojeño Ramón Emeterio Betances, a cuya defensa de los derechos del pueblo puertorriqueño la Liga Nacional le debe su existencia.

Es la mayor de las dos ligas—aunque sólo porque su primer diputado llegó al escenario unos momentos antes de su colega y recibió su mandato primero. Sin embargo, los betanceños tienden a referirse a su liga como la distinguida, título que prefieren a la vieja, sobrenombre favorecido de los hostosianos.

A map of Puerto Rico on which the towns with teams in the Liga Hostos are colored in blue, with the teams' logos superimposed on the town.

The younger of the two leagues in the Liga Nacional—not that anyone, from the Deputy Commissioner to the most overlooked player in the entire league, is likely to admit it—draws its name from Eugenio María de Hostos of Mayagüez, who advocated for Puerto Rican and Cuban independence throughout the Western Hemisphere.

While hostosianos prefer to call their home league la ilustre, and betanceños often call them la niña, the league is most commonly known as la zarca, from the bright sky-blue of the pennant given to its champions.

El nombre de la más joven de las dos ligas—aunque nadie, sea el diputado responsable o el jugador más olvidado en sus listas, se atrevería a admitirlo—viene del mayagüezano Eugenio María de Hostos, quien abogó durante su vida por la independencia de los puertorriqueños y los cubanos en todo el hemisferio occidental.

Aunque los betanceños la sobrenombran la niña por su juventud relativa, y los hostosianos prefieren decirle la ilustre, el apodo principal de la liga es la zarca, por el azul celeste del banderín que reciben sus campeones anuales.